The Hidden Health Benefits of Shopping at Your Local Farmers’ Market

We got some helpful tips from Kristin Canty – filmmaker, small farm advocate, and farm and restaurant owner – about how to maximize your next trip to the farmers’ market this summer and tap into the nutritional advantages of shopping locally.

Naturally Nutritious

“The food (from small farms) is more nutrient dense,” says Canty, “and most of the vitamins, minerals and probiotics that people are taking in abundance now can be found naturally in your food.”

Healthy Pickin’s

“Cucumbers and zucchini are very hydrating for your skin and it’s a no brainer that what grows in season is exactly what your body needs. Since we need to hydrate in the summer, cucumbers, zucchini and watermelon grow.”

“Radishes are a colder weather crop, but they deserve a mention because they are still around in the summer and they contain a lot of anti-oxidants that protect your skin, as do berries.”

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Shop Locally, Benefit Nutritionally

Small farms have hidden health benefits based on the ways that they take care of their soil, says Canty.

  • They don’t spray harmful chemicals.
  • They rotate their animals and their crops.
  • They follow biodynamic principles that replenish the soil.

From Farmageddon to Farm to Table

With the goal of exposing the ongoing governmental raids of small, local farmers, Kristin Canty directed and produced the documentary film, Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms.” Working on the film inspired her to buy The Farm at Woods Hill in New Hampshire and open up her farm to table restaurant, The Farm at Woods Hill in Concord Massachusetts.

Make Canty’s Favorite

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Charred Corn and Pickled Pepper Salsa is one of the many healthy dishes served at Woods Hill Table.

Ingredients:

6 heirloom tomatoes, chopped

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced

4 ears of corn

1 cup diced pickled peppers

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

A splash of sherry vinegar

1/4 pound organic queso fresco, crumbled

Directions:

Grill the corn on a grill until blackened, let cool. Scrape the kernels off the cob into a bowl. Mix with the rest of the ingredients and serve.

Contributed by Sari Beth Rosenberg

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